Existing soap operas
Eastenders
BBC One was the first to broadcast the British soap opera, Eastenders on 19 February 1985. It
initially broadca...
London Borough of Walford. It represents the day to day life of people from different
professions and backgrounds and crea...
Hollyoaks
Hollyoaks began in 1995 with a cast of just seven major characters; however it has
now got approximately fifty m...
Emmerdale
Emmerdale is the 2nd oldest soap opera and classed as one of the ‘top 4’
soap operas. It was initially known as ...
Waterloo Road
Waterloo road was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 9 March 2006. It
is a gripping UK tele...
Waterloo road is produced by the same creators of ‘Bad Girls’ and ‘Footballers wives’.
The creators are known as ‘Shed pro...
Coronation Street
Coronation Street (often called Corrie) is a long-running UK soap opera, first
broadcast on 9th December...
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  1. 1. Existing soap operas
  2. 2. Eastenders BBC One was the first to broadcast the British soap opera, Eastenders on 19 February 1985. It initially broadcast the very popular soap opera twice a week with each episode lasting two and a half hours, however, since August 2001 four episodes are screened four times each week with each episode usually lasting half an hour. Each episode is then repeated on BBC Three at 10.30pm the same evening with an omnibus edition on at the weekend on BBC One. Eastenders storylines creates its own society based in the east end of London in the fictional.
  3. 3. London Borough of Walford. It represents the day to day life of people from different professions and backgrounds and creates an idea of a close community by using a lot of the same mise en scene. For example, “The Queen Vic”, a pub based in the middle of Albert square where we continually see the characters go. It is a very laid back, and generally friendly atmosphere, where the residence of the village all know the pub staff and each other. We see a lot of the characters re visit the pub regularly which shows how this is a small and close net community. Throughout Eastenders we also continually see the same café, street market, park and small businesses which creates familiarity with the audience It is one of the UK's highest-rated programmes. It frequently appears near or at the top of the week's Broadcasters audience research board ratings, which is a site ranking the most watched channels and episodes, usually abbreviated to “BARB”. After its launch in 1985 it only took eight months for Eastenders to be ranked number one and has since remained among Britain’s top rated TV programmes. It has bought a lot of success to BBC One and won several awards including: ten National Television Awards for “Most popular serial drama”, six awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (also known as BAFTA) ten awards for at the British soap awards, and eight TV quick and TV choice Awards for “best soap”.
  4. 4. Hollyoaks Hollyoaks began in 1995 with a cast of just seven major characters; however it has now got approximately fifty main characters which make up its cast due to its high succession rate. It is a teen drama which was first broadcasted on channel 4 and is now aired on E4 also. The programme is set in a fictional suburb of Chester called Hollyoaks. Hollyoaks has won 4 of the 6 public voted British Soap Awards they also won five prizes at the annual ceremony. Hollyoaks is a more modern soap compared to Coronation Street for example. Hollyoaks Later was originally named: ‘Late Night Hollyoaks’. It is a British television spin-off of the Channel 4 television series Hollyoaks and was produced as an expansion of Hollyoaks when it had improved ratings and an increased audience. Hollyoaks later is broadcasted on E4, after the watershed every September, since 2008, for five consecutive nights. Because of its later screening it allows for there to be more sexual content and edgier storylines.
  5. 5. Emmerdale Emmerdale is the 2nd oldest soap opera and classed as one of the ‘top 4’ soap operas. It was initially known as Emmerdale Farm up until 1989. It is set in the Yorkshire dales in the fictional village once named Beckingdale until it was changed to Emmerdale in 1994. The programme was created by Kevin Laffan and broadcasted on the 16th October. Emmerdale used to have seasonal breaks up until the Christmas of 1988, and was screened during the day, in an afternoon slot; however, it is now screened all year round at 7pm on weekdays for half an hour. Emmerdale sets the scene of a close community village with stereotypical country lifestyles. Characters are generally presented in farmer looking clothing such as wellington boots, old checkered shirts and gillets.
  6. 6. Waterloo Road Waterloo road was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 9 March 2006. It is a gripping UK television drama set in a corrupt comprehensive school in Greenock. It is important to know that Waterloo Road is not a soap opera however we looked further into it as we are basing our soap opera around the same themes and following similar codes and conventions. Waterloo Road is not a soap because it is not broadcast on television 2-3 times a week and also is not shown all year round. It was however, originally set in Rochdale, which is in England, until recently when it moved to Scotland in 2012. The programme promotes social realism through exploring the lives of the teachers and the students and raises social issues which are realistic to our era such as teenage pregnancy, suicide, affairs, bullying, divorce and abortion. This similarity of the programme to today’s society makes this programme extremely popular, predominantly with teenagers as they can relate to the social issues. Waterloo road is produced by the same creators of ‘Bad Girls’ and ‘Footballers wives’.
  7. 7. Waterloo road is produced by the same creators of ‘Bad Girls’ and ‘Footballers wives’. The creators are known as ‘Shed productions’ and the first series was screen in 2006. In the first series the school was known as the ‘scrap heap’. It has poor quality teachers as well as poorly behaved students and creates a rough, undeveloped atmosphere through its use of mise en scene, with lots of things which we would associate with areas that are high in crime. For example there is lots of graffiti, lots of young people smoking and doing drugs and lots of the setting is composed on an estate.
  8. 8. Coronation Street Coronation Street (often called Corrie) is a long-running UK soap opera, first broadcast on 9th December 1960. It was first broadcast on Granada television. The programme is all about the lives of the residents that live on Coronation Street in Weatherfield, a fictional area of Salford. The soap focuses on the everyday lives of working class people in Manchester. Coronation Street is broadcast weekly and is on 3-4 times a week which is stereotypical for a soap opera. The fact that the producers look at everyday life shows that they are relating to everyday people living in a modern society and over the years you can see how they have adapted with the times. For example, new characters with various problems that people of today are going through such as teen pregnancy and suicide. The soap lasts for half an hour and occasionally has hour long ‘special’ episodes where it comes to the ending of a built up plot.
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